Holland America Amends Unpopular Cruise Ship Wine Policy

February 3, 2014

(2:01 p.m. EST) -- Holland America Line is backtracking on its decision to limit passengers to one bottle of wine they are permitted to carry onboard. Less than six months after the line announced the new policy, slated to launch January 31, Holland America bowed to pressure from its passengers and will permit unlimited bottles of wine to be brought on for a per-bottle corkage fee.

Under the amended policy, passengers, aged 21 or older, may bring one bottle of wine or Champagne (no larger than 750 ml) onboard in their carry-on luggage at the beginning of a sailing. This bottle is not subject to a corkage fee if it is consumed in the cabin.

Additional wine or Champagne bottles, brought on in carry-on luggage, will incur a corkage fee of $18 a bottle, irrespective of where they will be consumed. Additionally, wine and Champagne bottles bought in ports of call may be brought onboard, also for the corkage fee of $18 per bottle, or passengers can have the bottles stored onboard the ship and returned on the last evening of the cruise for no charge.

Holland America had been one of the most permissive lines for passengers who want to bring their own wine bottles on board before changing its policy.

--By Dori Saltzman, News Editor